When you think grace and elegance in football, Zinedine Zidane is the epitome of it all. The French playmaker silently rose through the football world to become a king all without looking like it at face value.
A burly man of over 1.8 meters in height, Zidane never looked like a player who would be snaking his way through the midfield and opponent defences. Rather, he looked like the sort of player who would be bulldozing his way through, leaving opponents on the floor in his wake.
Well, the man also called Yazid and nicknamed Zizou did leave opponents on the floor, but it was with deft touches and clever turns. He was so graceful that he even made a turn to score the greatest goal in the Uefa Champions’ League.
Zidane played a lengthy and successful career that saw him traverse from France to Italy and Spain and culminated in a Galactico era at Real Madrid.
Post-retirement, Zidane took on a management role at his former club. He won three consecutive Champions League titles during his stint before stepping down. Real’s struggles following his departure further highlighted his importance.